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Trumbull police warn of car thefts near gyms

December 19, 2017 GMT

TRUMBULL - Along with losing some weight by working out at the gym, you can also lose your car.

Trumbull police are alerting local residents who visit area gyms that they are being targeted for car theft while they spend time with their workout.

“Specifically, the L.A. Fitness gym located at the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall has been the site of eight car thefts over the past month,” police posted on their Facebook page.

“ In every case the vehicle owners had left their keys unattended, either inside of clothing articles or in gym lockers that were unsecured.”

Police say they have been working closely with mall security and gym management to warn patrons of this recent theft trend and to identify those responsible.

Police reminded people to always safeguard their valuables and vehicles by keeping their keys with them or in a trusted location at all times while they exercise.

“Leaving these items in unlocked lockers or in the pockets of your clothing placed in the gym area at fitness clubs is providing an easy target for thieves,” police posted.

In addition, holiday shoppers are reminded to follow basic safety practices when they park in any lot:

Park in a secure well-lit location

Lock your vehicle doors and take keys with you

Don’t leave valuables out in plain sight, lock them in a trunk or take them with you.